State University of New York and Onondaga Community College want you to receive
the information and support you need regardless of whether you would like to
move forward with a report of sexual violence to campus officials or to police.
You may want to talk with someone about something you observed or experienced,
even if you are not sure that the behavior constitutes sexual violence. A
conversation where questions can be answered is far superior to keeping
something to yourself. Confidentiality varies, and this document is aimed at
helping you understand how confidentiality applies to different resources that
may be available to you.
who are confidential resources will
not report crimes to law enforcement or college officials without your
permission, except for extreme circumstances, such as a health and/or safety
emergency. The confidential resource available at Onondaga Community College is
Counseling Services: 315-498-2675
options to disclose sexual violence confidentially
include (note that these outside options do not provide any information to
Off-campus counselors and advocates. Crisis services offices will generally
maintain confidentiality unless you request disclosure and sign a consent or
waiver form. More information on an agency’s policies on confidentiality may be
obtained directly from the agency. See:
http://nyscasa.org/ or Vera House:
www.verahouse.org or 24-hour crisis line: 315.468.3260.
Off-campus healthcare providers. Note
that medical office and insurance billing practices may reveal information to
the insurance policyholder, including medication and/or examinations paid for
or administered. The New York State Office of Victim Services may be able to
assist in compensating victims/survivors for health care and counseling
services, including emergency compensation. More information may be found here:
http://www.ovs.ny.gov/files/ovs_rights_of_cv_booklet.pdf, or by calling
1-800-247-8035. Options are explained here:
that even individuals who can typically maintain confidentiality are subject to
exceptions under the law, including when an individual is a threat to him or
herself or others and the mandatory reporting of child abuse.
Onondaga Community College offices and employees who cannot guarantee confidentiality will maintain your privacy to the greatest extent possible.
The information you provide to a non-confidential resource will be relayed only
as necessary to investigate and/or seek a resolution and to notify the Title IX
Coordinator or designee, who is responsible under the law for tracking patterns
and spotting systemic issues. The College will limit the disclosure as much as
possible, even if the Title IX Coordinator determines that the request for
confidentiality cannot be honored.
you disclose an incident to a College employee who is responsible for
responding to or reporting sexual violence or sexual harassment, but wish to
maintain confidentiality or do not consent to the institution’s request to
initiate an investigation, the Title IX Coordinator must weigh your request
against our obligation to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for
all members of our community, including you.
will assist you with academic, housing, transportation, employment, and other
reasonable and available accommodations regardless of your reporting choices.
While reporting individuals may request accommodations through several
College offices, the following office can serve as a primary point of contact
to assist with these measures: Bridget Scholl, Title IX Coordinator, 315-498-2516 or [email protected]
also may take proactive steps, such as training or awareness efforts, to combat
sexual violence in a general way that does not identify you or the situation
may seek consent from you prior to conducting an investigation. You may decline
to consent to an investigation, and that determination will be honored unless
the College’s failure to act does not adequately mitigate the risk of harm
to you or other members of the College community. Honoring your request may
limit our ability to meaningfully investigate and pursue conduct action against
an accused individual. If we determine that an investigation is required, we
will notify you and take immediate action as necessary to protect and assist
you disclose an incident to someone who is responsible for responding to or
reporting sexual violence or sexual harassment, but wish to maintain
confidentiality, the College will consider many factors to determine whether to
proceed despite that request. These factors include, but are not limited to:
the College determines that it must move forward with an investigation, the
reporting individual and/or victim/survivor will be notified and the College
will take immediate action necessary to assist and to foster his/her/their
you disclose a situation through a public awareness event such as “Take Back
the Night,” candlelight vigils, protests, or other public event, the College is
not obligated to begin an investigation. The College may use the information
you provide to inform the need for additional education and prevention efforts.
York State Hotline for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence: 1-800-942-6906
of certain crimes occurring in certain geographic locations will be included in
the College’s Clery Act Annual Security Report in an anonymous manner that
neither identifies the specifics of the crime nor the identity of the reporting
individual and/or victim/survivor.
College is obligated to issue timely warnings of Clery Act crimes occurring
within relevant geography that represent a serious or continuing threat to
students and employees (subject to exceptions when potentially compromising law
enforcement efforts and when the warning itself could potentially identify the reporting
individual and/or victim/survivor). A reporting individual or victim/survivor
will never be identified in a timely warning.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act allows institutions to share
information with parents when (1) there is a health or safety emergency, or (2)
when the student is a dependent on either parents’ prior year federal income
tax return. Generally, Onondaga Community College will not share information
about a report of sexual violence with parents without the permission of the
Onondaga Community College
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